Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, leads to the foot of the world’s seventh tallest mountain touching the adventurous Annapurna region. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is an adventurous and challenging trek that takes you through some stunning glaciers and high snow clad passes to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Standing just above the Kali Gandaki Valley, the Daulagiri range faces the gigantic Annapurna Massif. From proudly standing snow-capped giants to lush green forest, the remarkable Dhaulagiri Circuit trek has everything to offer.
The strenuous Dhaulagiri circuit trek offers a view to the lush rhododendron and pine forest with wild animals like Red panda, Leopards, and Himalayan Thar along the way. The trail leads to the settlement of the Magar, Gurung and Thakali settlements with their distinct age old cultures. The very challenging and interesting Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek crosses various high passes along the way such as the French Pass, Dhumpus Pass, and Thapa Pass. From the Italian Base Camp, the trail leads to Glacier Camp and finally Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, starts with a scenic drive to Darbang from where you initiate your actual trekking journey. You pass the warm and vibrant villages of Muri, and Chariban to the Italian and Dhaulagiri Base camp. On the route, you pass the high mountain passes like French pass and Dhampus pass from where you descend down to the Yak Kharka then Marpha and join the Annapurna Circuit route. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is the most impressive trekking trail but due to its remoteness and certain principles to be a capable trekker, it has few travelers who actually choose for this trek. So, if you find yourself capable then feel free and well come with high altitude sherpa.
BEST SESSION TO VISIT NEPAL
Autumn Session: September – November
The autumn months of mid-September, October and November are known for being Nepal’s mountaineering and the best time to go trekking. The monsoon rains have cleared the sky with outstanding the views are often remarkable. The valleys are still green and the weather is trifling so trekking is far more pleasurable at this time.
Winter Session : December – February
Winter season is usually snowfall at higher elevations in Himalayas. Though it gets colder in night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and comparatively less trekkers on the trail. Winter Treks like Ghorepani pun hill trek, Mardi Himal trek, Everest base camp, Annapurna Panorama, Annapurna Sanctuary, Everest base and Langtang reason treks are always comfortable to trek even in winter season.
Spring Session: March – May
Spring is the best trekking season for the trekking and mountaineering in Nepal. Weather is mostly perfect and temperature is moderate which offers beautiful views without any obstruction. Spring collects beautiful flowers, plants and rare animals Walking is also very much suitable during this season.
Summer Session: June – August
Though summer collects heavy monsoon rainfall it is very much clear to trek around upper and lower Mustang, lower and upper Dolpo and Nar- Phu valley since they are rain shadow areas. Tibet is much more favorable for Tibet trek. Everest, Langtang and Annapurna are always comfortable to trek even in summer season.
Team Composition in Trek
There will be one English speaking high altitude experience trek leader. There will be one assistant guide if required. Guide have inclusive knowledge of wilderness medical training. this arrangement ensure that if anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. Porters for luggage carrying: two trekkers: one porters. It is depend number of porter where and how long you doing trek and Depending on the nature of the travel.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
This is a moderate trek suitable for trekkers who have the skill to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light bag. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip to improve our strength and stability. Past hiking Experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. You are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, Self-confidence and strong determination best way to complete this trek successfully.
|Day 1||Kathmandu to Pokhara||850 m||Lodge|
|Day 2||pokhara to Darbang vai beni||950 m||Tented|
|Day 3||Babia Chaur to Dharapani||1400 m||Tented|
|Day 4||Dharapani to Muri||1850 m||Tented|
|Day 5||Muri to Boghara||2080 m||Tented|
|Day 6||Boghara to Dobang||2520 m||Tented|
|Day 7||Dobang to Salla ghari||3110 m||Tented|
|Day 8||Salla ghari to Italian Base Camp||3660 m||Tented|
|Day 9||Acclimatization Day||3660 m||Tented|
|Day 10||Italian Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp||4900 m||Tented|
|Day 11||Dhaulagiri Base Camp to French Pass||5300 m||Tented|
|Day 12||French Phedi to Thapa Pass (5250m) to Kalopani||5000 m||Tented|
|Day 13||Kalopani to Marpha||2667 m||Lodge|
|Day 14||Marhpa to Jomsom||2743 m||Lodge|
|Day 15||Jomsom to Pokhara to Kathmandu||1400 m||Lodge|
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu: (1300m)
High altitude Sherpa Trekking Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Transfer to hotel brief you about tomorrow’s activities and collect your needed documents for our official needs. introduce with your trekking guide check the requirements and briefing about the Dhaulagiri base camp trek each day program. O/n at hotel.
Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara and drive to Darbang (1150m): 6-7 hours.
We fly or drive to Pokhara catching our early morning beautiful flight from Kathmandu. After a 45-minute flight to Pokhara, we drive to Darbang via Beni on jeep relishing the view of lush hills and snow-capped mountains. Following the flow of Kali Gandaki River, we pass the town of Beni and then follow Myagdi Khola to arrive in Darbang. Sleep in tent.
Day 3: Trek from Darbang to Sibang (1780m): 6-7 hours.
Today, we head towards Sibang ascending to the ridge-top village of Dharapani from where we can get a beautiful view of the Dhaulagiri massif, Gurja Himal (7193m), and Putha Hiunchuli (7246m). We continue our trek walking along the ridge on the path above the river to reach Sibang. sleep in tent.
Day 4: Trek from Sibang to Naura 1570m/4-5 hours or Bagar (2080m): 7-8 hours
Leaving behind Sibang, we descend to Gatti Khola then climb up to the village of Muri where Myagdi and Dhara rivers meet. We continue to trek crossing the bridge over Dhola Khola and descend through the terraced farm fields and sparse settlements before arriving in Naura village. Sleep in tent.
Day 5: Trek from Naura OR Bagar to Dobhan (2520m): 5-7 hours.
Moving alongside the bank of Myagdi Khola through a grassy hill and a steep slope, we arrive in Bagar. We then follow the up and down trail to Dobhan. We continue to descend through a forest to Jyardan before climbing uphill to Lipshe. The route then enters the forested area before ascending up to Dobhan. sleep in tent.
Day 6: Trek from Dobhan to Italian Base Camp (3660m): 7-8 hours
Leaving the last village of Dobhan, we trek towards Italian Base Camp. Today we pass through the forested trail filled with oaks, bamboo, and pines trees. As we move further and gain altitude, We can get the best view of Tukuche Peak and Dhaulagiri Range, and other mountains from Italian Base Camp. Sleep in tent.
Day 7: Acclimatization Day to Adjust your body with height.
We take this day for acclimatization. We can explore the base camp area or spend the day relishing the spectacular view of surrounding mountains.sleep in tent.
Day 8: Trek from Italian Base Camp to Dhaulagiri base camp (4750m): 9-10 hours.
Leaving behind Italian Base Camp, we trek through the rocky area on a steep slope before crossing the glacial moraines. We then reach a wide grassy area in a shallow ablation valley known as “Japanese camp. Walking on the glacier, sometimes on the lateral moraine and undulating surface of the glacie on way up to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Upon reaching, we can see the stunning view of all the peaks of Dhaulagiri range along with an amazing ice fall descending from the Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak ridgeline. sleep in tent.
Day 9: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley (5140m): 6-7 hours. walking via French Pass 5360m.
We continue to trek on the north side of Chhondarban Glacier, and gradually climb the steep hillside above the glacier. Following the turning trail across moraines, we make our way up to French Pass which gives view of surrounding mountain ranges. We then gently descend through snow slopes to finally reach the Hidden Valley. Sleep in tent.
Reserve Day for bad weather:
We keep the extra day in case the weather condition becomes bad. We can also use this day to explore the outskirts of Hidden Valley.
Day 10: Trek from Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka (4200m): 5-6 hours walking via Thapa Pass 5244m,
We head towards Yak Kharka crossing over Dhampus Pass (5244m). Relishing the beautiful view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges in the background, we descend steeply to Yak Kharka through avalanche prone slopes. Sleep In tent.
Day 11: Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2720m): 4-5 hours walking via Marpha
We continue to descend steeply from Yak Kharka towards Marpha which is also known as the apple garden. We move towards the windy town of Jomsom. O/n at hotel.
Day 12: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.
We fly back to Pokhara, early in the morning, enjoying an aerial view of the mountains. Later in the afternoon, we explore the beautiful Pokhara city boating in the Phewa Lake and visiting the famous places of Pokhara. O/n at hotel.
Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
We catch tourist bus or flight early morning back to the capital. After landing, we transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu. O/n at hotel.
Day 14: sightseeing : We tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites.Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. O/n at hotel.
Day 15: Final departure:
Generally 3 hours before your flight time to get Kathmandu airport is needed in Nepal. So you transfer you to Kathmandu airport for your own destination.
The following basic equipment check lists should help you with your packing.Below are just lists for your information and ideas of clothing’s.
1. Sun hat or scarf
2. Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
3. Sun glasses with UV protection
(B). Upper Body:
4.T-shirts ( According to length of your trip, normally 2 and above)
5. Light and expedition weight thermal tops
6. Fleece jacket or pullover
7. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
8. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
9. Down jacket [you can rent in Kathmandu]- must necessary
10. Lightweight gloves
11. Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
(D). Lower Body:
12. Underwear ( minimum 4 and according to length of your trip)
13. Hiking shorts ( minimum 2 and according to length of your trip)
14. Lightweight cotton long pants
15. Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
16. Fleece or wool pants
17. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
18. Thin, lightweight inner socks (minimum 3 and according to length of your trip)
19. Thick, warm wool hiking socks (minimum 3 and according to length of your trip)
20. Hiking boots with spare laces
21. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
22. Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F [Can rent in Kathmandu]
23. Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
24. Basic First Aid Kit
25. Water bottles (2)
26. Small wash towel
27. Sun block cream
28. Leap guard
What is the best season for this trekking?
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Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?
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Can I use credit cards in the places I visit?
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If you are Going Trekking and Climbing in Nepal, you Should Carry the Complete Medic kit.
First Aid Kit:
1. Povidone-iodine cream-1 tube.
– Antiseptic cream.
2. Cotton- 1 roll.
–For dressing wounds.
3. Dressing gauze –5 pcs.
– For dressing.
4. Crepe bandage –2.
– Sprains and strains,also great as a sling for arm fractures.
5. Band- aid –10.
6. Dressing tape -1.
– Great not just for dressing but falsifier mild soft tissue injuries especially in the knee and ankles.
7. Moleskin second skin-1 packet:
– Great for treating chaffing and blisters.
Finger Pulse Oximeter:
1. Normal arterial oxygen is approximately 75 to 100 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).
2. Values fewer than 60 mm Hg usually indicate the need for supplemental oxygen.
3. Normal pulse oximeter readings usually range from 95 to 100 percent.
4. Values under 90 percent are considered low.
8. Paracetamole 500 mg- 20 tablets:
– For mild headaches.
9. Ibuprofen 400mg -10 taplets:
– To relieve moderate to severe pain.
10.Throat lozenges -20:
– For cough and sore throat. Given the cold dry mountain air,it is a good idea it have one in your mouth even without any discomfort.
11.Decongestant -10 tablets:
– For nausea congestion. Non-drowsy kinds like pseudo ephedrine recommended.
12. Antihistamine -10 tablets:
– For allergies.
13. Antiemetic -10 –tablets:
– To control the vomit and nausea.
14. Azithromycin 500mg – 10 tablet:
– For bacterial diarrhea.
15. Omeprazole 200mg -10 tablets:
– For minor gastric upsets and acidity.
16. Tinidazole 200 mg-3 taplats(500mg-12 tablets):
– For giardia and amoebic diarrhea.
17. Acetazolamide 250 mg –20 tablets:
– For helping with acclimataization and treating mild AMS.
18. Dexamethasone 400mg-10 tablets:
– To be used only under expert supervision to treat AMS.
19. Nifedipine 60mg- 10 tablets:
– To be use only under expert supervision to treat HAPE.
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